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Pharmacy Residency Program: Health-System Pharmacy Administration/ M.B.A.


Program Type: ASHP accredited two-year residency (PGY1 and PGY2)
ASHP Match Number: 130018

Purpose: This specialty residency training program in pharmacy administration and leadership is defined as an organized, directed postgraduate program of practical experience in pharmacy practice leadership. The residency is designed to develop expert skills and competencies in pharmacy practice leadership.

Program Overview: The two-year residency is combined with a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A) with an emphasis in Health Care Management (54 credit hours) or a Master of Science (M.S.) in Health Care Management (36 credits hours) from The Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School. The primary objective of the program is to prepare pharmacists to assume leadership positions in hospitals and integrated health care systems. Graduates of the program will have competencies in assessing and resolving the health needs of the public as it relates to the safe and effective use of medication and will be expected to assume a leadership role in pharmacy practice. Participants will gain the business tools and knowledge to understand and analyze the changing nature of today’s complex medical delivery systems, plus the resource management skills and savvy to anticipate and respond to those changes.

The Health-System Pharmacy Administration program is designed to offer a strong foundation for residents including robust PGY1 clinical experiences, as well as diverse operational, clinical, and financial management rotations throughout the health system of Johns Hopkins Medicine including The Johns Hopkins Hospital (JHH), Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center (JHBMC), Johns Hopkins Home Care Group (JHCCG), Howard County Medical Center, (HCGH), Sibley Memorial Hospital (SMH), and Suburban Hospital (SH).

Training Experience:

  • Broad-based academic training in quality improvement, healthcare operations, medical economics, finance, accounting, negotiation, marketing, strategic planning, and management theory within complex medical-delivery systems
  • Interdisciplinary problem solving and decision making skills
  • Organization of integrated health care systems with the pharmacist as an essential component of the health care team
  • Leadership and administrative skills necessary to manage pharmaceutical care and the needs of patients
  • Public health and quality patient care by fostering the optimal and responsible use of drugs
  • Programs and services that emphasize the health needs of the public with respect to the prevention and treatment of disease
  • Knowledge and expertise in managing cost-effective drug utilization through the application of pharmacoeconomic principles
  • Strategies in the prevention of medication errors and adverse events
  • Knowledge to identify, analyze, and evaluate health care trends and development of public policy
  • Role of pharmacy in conducting and supporting drug research
  • Integration of technology with pharmacy practice in order to provide clinically focused, safe, and efficient patient care
  • Human resource management and employee engagement skills through hands-on experience

Academic Experience: The distinctive M.B.A. or M.S. programs are specifically designed for medical professionals who seek the business knowledge necessary to help them understand, analyze, and guide complex medical-delivery systems. Students in the program include physicians, pharmacists, nurses, other clinicians, senior health care administrators, and medical practice managers. Residents have the opportunity to practically apply the skills and knowledge obtained in the classroom setting directly to pharmacy practice through rotation experiences and resident projects.

  • Residency Rotations:
    • Ambulatory and Transitions of Care [Swarthout]
    • Antimicrobial Stewardship [Avdic]
    • ASHP Health-System Pharmacy Administration [ASHP staff member]
    • Asset Management / Budgeting [Ashby/Lind]
    • Central Pharmacy Operations / Personnel Management [Rodriguez]
    • Clinical Decentralized Pharmacy Operations [Nesbit]
    • Decentralized Pharmacy Operations I: [Lewin, Swarthout, Almuete, Veltri)
    • Decentralized Pharmacy Operations II: [Lewin, Swarthout, Almuete, Veltri]
    • Departmental Operations Management: Medication Use Systems [Gill]
    • Education/Training and Personnel Development [Walker]
    • Emergency Preparedness/Disaster Response [Murtaza]
    • Home Care / Home Infusion Services [Rusinko]
    • Hospital Administration/Leadership [Dickson, Thompson]
    • Investigational Drug Service Management [Mighty]
    • Leadership and System Integration [Ashby/Proctor]
    • Medication Quality and Outcomes [Shermock]
    • Medication Safety [Duncan, Rowcliffe]
    • Outpatient Pharmacy Administration [Gavgani, Rusinko]
    • Pharmacy Operations/Personnel Management - JHBMC  HCGH, SH, or SMH  [Vazquez, Dalpoas, John, Raynor, Neufer]
    • Quality Improvement / Regulatory Affairs [Smith]
    • Staffing and Human Resources Management [Culli, Khandoobhai, Almuete, Majchrzak]
    • Strategic Planning [Nesbit/Ashby]
    • Supply Chain Management [Geize]

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Full funding/support for the M.B.A. or M.S. in Health Care Management in partnership with The Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School.

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Application Information:

  • Link to the application information: Click Here
  • Please read below for additional instructions for application to the HSPA/M.B.A program:

Special Requirements for Application: Doctorate of Pharmacy degree or equivalent experience. Eligibility for licensure in Maryland. Application material should include a curriculum vitae documenting: (a) education, (b) work experience, (c) rotations, (d) community service, (e) association involvement, (f) leadership, (g) awards/honors, (h) presentations and publications, (i) letter of intent, (j) three references and your (k) College of Pharmacy transcript. Participation in the ASHP Matching program as a PGY-1 candidate. Participation in Personnel Placement Service at the Midyear Clinical Meeting is strongly recommended. Application to the M.B.A program is completed after the match. GMAT or GRE is not necessary.  Minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale.

Additional M.B.A. or M.S. program information can be found at the Johns Hopkins University: Carey Business School.

Program Director

 Daniel Ashby

Daniel M. Ashby, M.S., FASHP

Title: Vice President and Chief Pharmacy Officer, The Johns Hopkins Health System
Clinical Professor, University of Maryland School of Pharmacy
Adjunct Professor, Notre Dame University School of Pharmacy
Education: B.S. Pharmacy, Wayne State University; M.S. Hospital Pharmacy Administration, Wayne State University.

Daniel Ashby began his career at Grace Hospital in Detroit as a clinical pharmacist assigned to Critical Care. He became the Director of Pharmacy at Harper Hospital in 1981. From 1991 to 1999, Mr. Ashby served as Director of Pharmacy at Methodist Healthcare in Memphis, Tennessee. Mr. Ashby has served as a faculty member at Wayne State University, the University of Michigan, the University of Tennessee, the University of Mississippi, the University of Maryland, and the Notre Dame University Colleges of Pharmacy.

Mr. Ashby was an original member of the task force that wrote the first Pharmacy Certified Technician training manual and certification examination as a member of the Michigan Pharmacy Certified Technician (PCT) Board of Examiners.  In 2012, he completed a six-year term as a member and Chair of the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME) Accreditation Council responsible to accredit graduate medical education programs (M.S., M.B.A., M.H.A.) in the United States and Canada.  He served as a member of the Center for Pharmacy Practice Accreditation (CPPA) Board of Directors accrediting community and specialty pharmacy programs and currently chairs the ASHP Pharmacy Residency International Accreditation Commission.

Mr. Ashby is a national speaker in the ASHP Visiting Leaders Program and has been active in professional organizations as an elected officer including the Southeastern Michigan, Michigan and Tennessee Societies of Health-System Pharmacists.  He served as a member of the ASHP Commission on Credentialing, member and chair of the Commission on Goals, vice-chair of the Committee on Nominations and president and chairman of the ASHP Board of Directors.

Mr. Ashby’s awards and recognition include: Fellowship in ASHP, Michigan Pharmacist of the Year, Wayne State University Distinguished Alumni Award, Maryland Society of Health System Pharmacists Board of Directors Award and the President’s Award from the Association of Black Health-System Pharmacists “in appreciation of significant, unselfish service to the Association.” He is the 2010 recipient of the ASHP Distinguished Leadership Award in Health-System Pharmacy Practice, to “recognize individuals who have achieved excellence in health-system pharmacy practice leadership …” Mr. Ashby is the 2011 recipient of the Harvey A.K. Whitney Lecture Award, ASHP’s highest honor, and in 2013, he received the B. Olive Cole Honorary Alumnus award from the University of Maryland. Mr. Ashby was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science degree in 2016 from the Board of Regents of the University System of Maryland, presented during the University of Maryland Eastern Shore commencement.

Mr. Ashby has published numerous articles and made over 100 presentations on a variety of topics. His proudest achievement is serving as preceptor for more than 300 pharmacy residents. 





Daniel M. Ashby, M.S., FASHP
Vice President and Chief Pharmacy Officer
The Johns Hopkins Health System
Location: The Johns Hopkins Hospital
600 North Wolfe Street / Carnegie 180
Baltimore, MD 21287-6180
Phone: 410/955.6249 (Direct)
Phone: 410/955.6874 (Administrative Assistant)
Pager: 410/283.6015
Email: dashby